By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s
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Videographer / Director: Jonathan Pow
Producer: Amanda Stringfellow, Chloe Browne
Editor: Josh Douglas, Kyle Waters
Katelyn Payne’s long blonde hair, eyelashes and eyebrows fell out when she was nine as a result of alopecia.
Now aged 11, pop music-obsessed Katelyn can regularly be seen rocking the bold yellow tresses of Paloma Faith, the long sleek locks of Cher Lloyd and the daring styles of the Little Mix girls.
And the keen singer and dancer has even signed a modelling contract for a specialist wig company.
Fashion-mad Katelyn, who suffers from Alopecia Universalis uses the videos of her idols for inspiration styling her wigs into corkscrew curls and using eye-catching bandanas.
Katelyn said: “I was quite upset about losing my hair at first – but then I thought no, I won’t let this knock my confidence.
“I was open about it and told everyone what I had – some people asked why I had no hair and I told them I have alopecia.
"The hairstyles of celebrities inspire me, I think “I’d like to have a wig like that’ so now I can recreate the styles of Cher Lloyd, Paloma Faith, Little Mix and Taylor Swift.
“I like the yellow wig because it shows that I can be different from everyone else, it’s inspired by Paloma Faith because she doesn’t follow the crowd.
“I like changing my hair daily because if I get bored of one colour or style I can change it.
“People stare quite a lot but I don’t get bothered by it because I’m different, I can inspire people to wear wigs and look pretty without any hair.”
The school girl, who also takes part in karate and swimming, is hoping to inspire other children with alopecia to live their lives to the full.
Dad Darren said: “Katelyn makes a very bad situation into something almost positive.
“She likes going nuts with the curlers and perfecting her different styles and she has a very original fashion sense.
“She loves taking her style from pop stars and she has a very strong opinion on how she wants to look.
“She’s been styling herself on Taylor Swift lately and she seems to go through the four Little Mix girls in cycles.
“I find lots of selfies of her on my phone – she’s just a typical pre-teen
“As Katelyn learned to cope with her alopecia she remained very confident, she has now became a model for a Beverly Hills wig company called Joli Cameleon.
“I think that if her hair grew back she would miss having the ability to change her style on a daily basis.”
For dad Darren and mum Ann-Marie, watching Katelyn lose her hair was an upsetting experience – but they have helped their determined daughter retain her confidence and become a role model to other children with the condition.
Ann-Marie said: “She first lost a few patches of hair when she was 18-months old, but we applied the medication and it all grew back.
“Then three years ago she woke up and half of her eyebrow was gone, within a few months she had lost nearly all of her hair.
“She lost her eyebrows, then she lost it all round the outside and she had a pony tail left in the centre.
“One night she went to bed and when she took he sleep cap off - her pony tail was in the cap.
“We recently found her old dance videos, that was quite upsetting - to see her with a full head of hair but now she hasn’t got any – but she looks just as beautiful.”
And with the help of her parents and twin brother Hayden, Katelyn has inspired an alopecia charitable organization which helps build self-esteem in sufferers.
BeBold helps to build confidence and self esteem in children and adults who suffer from alopecia - Katelyn and Hayden help out at conferences and camps – encouraging children and adults to embrace the condition and turn it into a positive.
Katelyn said: “The charity came to be because we never knew anybody with Alopecia, my parents set the charity up and it’s just got bigger and bigger.
“I inspire other children because I show them that you cant be afraid of having no hair – because it’s you.
“I tell them ‘this is you and you’re different and you can be confident with or without any hair’.”